If you’re an author, your writings and views will be misrepresented by others from time to time. Even by “fans.”
Young and up-and-coming authors often ask me for advice on the craft of writing. Especially the art of writing books.
An oft-repeated question I get has to do with critics and how to deal with them.
One must first understand that not all critics are created equal. There are three main types. And each one deserves a different kind of response.
I’ve addressed this topic elsewhere. (The link is at the bottom of this post.)
Another question has to do with being misrepresented by others, including self-professing “fans.”
Example: A fan of Francis Chan is teaching that we need to destroy all church buildings because they are evil and start having church in coffee shops and houses.
Chan, of course, was blamed for promoting this concept because at least one of his “followers” was promoting it.
I have no idea what Mr. Chan believes or has written about this (I’ve only read one of his books because Patheos asked me to review it), but I seriously doubt that he teaches what this fan of his claims.[Continue Reading…]